It's been a rough year and half for Herefordshire library staff and users.
Amid ugly plans to close libraries in Leominster, Ross, and Belmont and cut hours in Bromyard, Kington and Ledbury, the sudden shut down of Hereford Library and Museum - thanks to the discovery of asbestos - was a punch in the gut for an already beleaguered service.
While a temporary library set up inside Hereford Town Hall was reportedly well-used, it didn't look good for a county bidding to be City of Culture 2021. And then, in May last year, the picture shifted.
Herefordshire Council agreed to spend £500,000 to get the building back open, and earmarked a further £400,000 for future work - ring-fenced cash that could, if Hereford Library Users Group get ambitious plans off the ground, be integral to far, far bigger refurbishment plans.
Ahead of the library's official opening on Tuesday, January 31, Herefordshire Live was invited to nose around the Broad Street building, to see what the £500k has been spent on and talk to library staff about a renewed sense of confidence and commitment in the county's library service.
Next month, Hereford Museum and Art Gallery above the library will host a new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Herefordshire artist Brian Hatton.
For library and museum opening hours, see herefordshire.gov.uk.